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Facebook Addresses Privacy
Facebook Addresses Privacy 'Disclaimer' Hoax

By Adam Dickter
November 26, 2012 5:15PM

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"There is a rumor circulating that Facebook is making a change related to ownership of users' information or the content they post to the site. This is false," Facebook said. "Anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms. They control how that content and information is shared."
 



If you posted a supposed disclaimer on your Facebook Timeline this week to enhance your privacy rights, you're not alone.

Throngs of people succumbed to worries about what Facebook might do with their pictures, statuses, comments and witticisms as the now-public company reformulates once again its privacy policies. Enough to get a reaction from Facebook officials.

'Hands Off'

"Warning -- any person and/or institution and/or Agent and/or Agency of any governmental structure including but not limited to the United States Federal Government also using or monitoring/using this Web site or any of its associated Web sites," reads the disclaimer. "You do NOT have my permission to utilize any of my profile information nor any of the content contained herein including, but not limited to my photos, and/or the comments made about my photos or any other "picture" art posted on my profile."

The legalese may have added authenticity to the message as it was cut and pasted from user to user Sunday and Monday, in the apparent belief that the message prevented Facebook from using the material outside of the social network.

But according to the myth-busting Web site Snopes.com, the message is nearly identical to others that have appeared with similar warnings that trade on people's fear of "undesirable legal consequence." It noted that Facebook becoming a publicly traded company had no bearing on the privacy agreements previously in place, and the viral notice did not change the privacy agreement.

The 1-billion-user-strong company on Monday felt compelled to issue a statement to address the matter on its Newsroom page under the heading Fact Check.

"There is a rumor circulating that Facebook is making a change related to ownership of users' information or the content they post to the site. This is false. Anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms. They control how that content and information is shared. That is our policy, and it always has been."

High Anxiety

Participation in the viral hoax evidently was fueled by the announcement of pending additional changes in Facebook's privacy policies, including a proposed change to user feedback on policies that would "end the voting component of the process in favor of a system that leads to more meaningful feedback and engagement."

Facebook is also expected to venture into selling ads that target users elsewhere on the Web based on data collected on Facebook, which could make some even more suspicious, if not paranoid.

"As Facebook becomes a staple of everyday life for an increasing number of purposes, its users increasingly have strong feelings about every and any change or rumor of change," said Jules Polonetsky, co-director of the Future of Privacy Forum, a Washington-based think tank and advocacy group supported by Facebook and other companies.

"This particular issue has surfaced several years ago when Facebook updated its policies and generated posts like this. The canard has started circulating again because of Facebook's announcement of privacy policy changes several days ago. If you read Facebook's terms very carefully it says you own your data, subject to your privacy policy settings, and when you delete it they no longer have any control over it."
 

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Roland:

Posted: 2012-11-28 @ 1:55pm PT
@Trish: Right... We *theoretically* own our own data, but ultimately, FB controls it.

Trish:

Posted: 2012-11-28 @ 1:52pm PT
So we own our data but FB has control over it (according to your last statement).

Leisa:

Posted: 2012-11-28 @ 11:23am PT
Thank you for this clarifying statement. I'm certain it will help alleviate many anxieties.



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